Thursday, February 26, 2009

American Idol 8 Results: 2/26/09

Ryan kicks off results night by talking about "the power of the vote," then turns slowly to look at Normund Gentle and menacingly asks the TV viewing audience, "What have you done??"

Nice try, Ryan. We all know that even if everyone on Earth voted for Normund last night, the judges ain't having it. Power of the vote, my ass.

Ryan flirts a bit with Simon, and then it's time for the dreaded group sing. If I can say anything positive about it, it would be that Group 2 seems to understand harmony a lot better than Group 1. But why are they being forced to sing Ne-Yo's "Closer?" This is even funnier than Normund's routine last night, mostly because it's not intended to be funny.

Part 1 of the needlessly long results show begins with Ryan bringing Allison down to the stage. He asks her to step aside, and then brings down Jesse. He asks her to step aside, and brings down Matt Breitzke. My God, they're really running out of elimination configurations. Pretty soon, Ryan will just ask all the contestants to form a human pyramid and he'll pull three people out, leaving the others to collapse into a big pile of broken bones.

Randy and I accurately predict that Allison is the first one to be sent over to the uncomfortable stools. All Allison wants to do is sit down, but Ryan forces her to sing "Alone" again, naturally. (I love it when a musical pun comes together.) Allison sounds pretty much the same as she did last night, but her hair is especially helmety tonight.

For the next cuts, Megan and Kris are brought down to center stage together. Uh-huh. I knew it! These are the two that I had a hard time choosing between. If I'm given a 50/50 shot at something, I make the wrong choice 90% of the time. Therefore, I'm thinking that it will probably be Kris, and not Megan as I predicted.

But then Ryan throws a monkey wrench into the proceedings by also bringing down Matt Giraud and Jeanine. Everyone knows that we've seen the last of Jeanine's short shorts, but Giraud is kind of popular with the ladies and, despite his dismal performance last night, the judges like him. Just as I start to wonder if I might have been all wrong, Seacrest tells Jeanine and Giraud to take a hike, leaving it between Megan and Kris once again.

Ryan asks Kara who she thinks it will be and she takes a page from Paula's book by blathering on aimlessly and never making a decision. When Simon starts rolling his eyes and moaning that she's just rambling, Kara's claws come out. She snaps, "I'm giving them advice, which is partially what I'm here to do," all while shooting daggers at Paula. Drunky just sits there counting the ceiling tiles, trying to pretend like she never said that hiring a fourth judge was a mistake.

As I predicted just a second ago, my original prediction was wrong. Kris Allen moves into the Top 12. That's fine. He's about the closest we have to a cute guy this year. Unfortunately, we have to hear "Man in the Mirror" one more time. He should really throw some "sha-mons" in there for the hell of it. He's already made it through. Why not have a little fun? You know that Normund would've done it.

Ryan is being much too efficient, so the show needs to be padded a bit. Cue the Idol retrospective set to "What a Wonderful World" that aired at the beginning of this season. AI has gotten tons of positive emails about this? Really?? It never ceases to amaze me how easily entertained some people are.

Tonight's musical guest is Season 7 contestant Brooke White, who advises all the contestants to never Google their own names. Ah, Brooke. Still sporting that very thin skin, I see. She performs her new single, "Hold Up My Heart," and manages to not screw up the beginning. She tries really hard to be a poor man's Carole King and nearly succeeds. It's a decent song, but I'm thinking that the next time I hear it, I'll probably be in a dentist's chair.

The results continue as Ryan calls the remaining contestants - Mishavonna, Kai, Normund (who came as Nick tonight), Adam, and Jasmine. It's obvious that VFTW pick, Normund, will face off against pimp-spot Adam, just like Tatiana Del Toro and Danny Gokey were the last two standing last week. Sure enough, Seacrest strolls right by Normund and Adam, and lets Mishavonna, Kai, and Jasmine know that they're all out. Normund and Adam are left to wait through yet another break.

I'd just to take a second to address the bigwigs at FOX. Dear d-bags: It's physically and emotionally impossible for me to care less about who is sabotaging the chefs on Hell's Kitchen. Unless you boil Gordon Ramsey alive in oil, I will never, ever, never, ever, never, ever watch this show. Never. Give it up.

Okay, I'm back. And so is AI. Adam and Normund, Normund and Adam. Who will it be? No surprises here - Adam gets the nod. Once again, I'm 2 for 3 in my picks.

Adam graciously gives Normund kudos for being "hilarious" before launching into his divatastic version of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" one more time. I seriously doubt we'll see Normund in the Wild Card round, but I'm holding out hope that Tatiana will make her triumphant return!

Group 3 is up next week and...oh...my....God. In the Group 3 preview, they made the blind guy dance. With his cane. Seriously. I can't even wait for the mess that will be next week's group sing.

Group 3 is:

  • Arianna Afsar
  • Felicia Barton
  • Kendall Beard
  • Ju'Not Joyner
  • Scott MacIntyre
  • Nathaniel Marshall
  • Kristen McNamara
  • Jorge Nunez
  • Lil Rounds
  • Von Smith
  • Taylor Vaifanua
  • Alex Wagner-Trugman



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16 comments:

Doc said...

"Ryan will just ask all the contestants to form a human pyramid and he'll pull three people out"

For reasons such as this, I would rather read your recap any day of the week than to be forced to watch it myself. Thanks!

Doc

pistols at dawn said...

I can't believe that [Kara] was so mean to [Tatiana Ali] this week! What a [mean-spirited harpy]!

Ian said...

I used that same musical pun on my blog. I guess great minds think alike.

I thought it was stupid for them to narrow it down to Kris and Megan when one girl was already in the Top 12 and two more were still sitting on the couch to learn their fates. The two on the couch would've been automatically eliminated had it been Megan, so that made it obvious it was Kris.

You were smart to skip "Hell's Kitchen." I tuned in tonight out of curiosity, and the chefs are all completely unlikable. It was quite depressing, actually.

words words words said...

I've been going back and forth about Adam Lambert. I've decided I like him. He's probably the got the most impressive actual singing voice in the contest and let's face it, he's more likely to sing songs I like than anyone else in it. Then again, I'm probably the only person who reads your blog that actually likes My Chemical Romance.

Allison was awesome, and I thought Kris was third best, even though I thought Megan would make it instead of him. I think he's the early favorite for First To Leave The Top 12.

I just can't stand Kara. If she gave my mother a kidney I'd probably STILL hate her. It's that bad.

Lastly, I enjoyed your human pyramid comment. They really have run out of configurations. Maybe we can put them in a Hollywood Squares-type set and have them make corny jokes before being eliminated. We can bring Sanjaya back to be the permanent center square.

Dave said...

Is there a betting line on the blind guy and next week's group sing?

For instance, what are the odds of him:

*accidentally tripping over another singer
*falling off the stage
*facing away from the audience the entire time
*unsuccessfully trying to eye-boink the camera

And finally, what's the over/under on how many people he whacks with his cane?

Mike said...

When Adam hits the flamethrower girly squeel...he does that satan tongue thing. Cant stand him...reminds me of a Jonas Bro trying to be Pete Wentz.

The blind guy with a cane dance. Was the WTF moment of the night for me.

red said...

This week was pretty weak (ha!). I wish Anoop had been there, but I'm beyond glad Megan didn't make it through. Again, she's not as good as the judges want her to be.

And WWW, I like MCR, too, btw.

Kimizzy said...

America's votes are definitely not being taken into account. I stayed up as late as possible sending text after text for Normund. My voice was not heard. I'm pissed.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Ok so I lied and watched the whole thing. I'm such a loser.

Gifted Typist said...

poor man's Carole King

brilliant.

Brooke is so vanilla and that song - yawn - I think it needed a drop or two of vanilla

Dale said...

I love the pyramid idea! Just about all of this music qualifies for the dental chair either because of the associated pain or the lulling mediocrity of it all. They made him dance?! I missed the preview for the next show because I PVRd it and whizzed through as fast as possible to find out what the power of the vote did.

Bluez said...

Ever notice how Brooke giggles at the end of every song she performs?

I thought the song would never end.

Wasn't a fan of the blond tattoo girl, I didn't think she sang that well, I like Kris better, and Jesse has yellow teeth.

Fancy Schmancy said...

I'm starting to get bored of the whole thing, and it just started. I think I might just read your recaps and stop watching the actual show. Unless they promise a slap-down between Paula and Kara.

Sunny said...

Make that two people who read your blog who like My Chemical Romance.

Voting for Nick last night was a study in waste of time. Of course he wasn't going to be allowed through. Interesting Idol is positioning the Worster pick vs the last one to be named as having made it through. ha.

Brooke was her usual boring self. I couldn't sit through that song, it went on and on.

I was surprised Kris beat out Matt with all the on-line girl love Matt's been attracting.

Read that Kris has family ties to someone heavily involved in the Soul Patrol. Word has it they were going to the boards begging for votes for him. Seems like a nice kid in interviews but boring, no ad lib ability. *shrugs*

J. Hi said...

I agree with Paula, that the 4 judges takes too much time. I was not impressed with Megan and was surprised they were. She was too twitchy and weird.

I think Adam is yummy. He might be too pretty to be straight though. :)

katrocket said...

I love your human pyramid elimination idea. I wish they would do that every week.

I'm hoping the blind guy reprises Cyndi Lauper's hot blind cane dance from "Shebop"

 

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